A story in the New York Times reports that as biofuels made from crops have caused food prices to rise, alternative means of creating biofuels are being encouraged -- but with caveats. Biofuels derived from weeds or grass, for example, "are what scientists label invasive species ... that have an extraordinarily high potential to escape biofuel plantations, overrun adjacent farms and natural land, and create economic and ecological havoc in the process," the story says.

No offense to JGI, but what ever happened to good old solar power?

 

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The UK's Human Fertility and Embryology Authority calls for consumer genetic testing companies to warn customers that testing could uncover family secrets, according to the Guardian.

The New York Times reports that United Nations delegates have been discussing how to govern the genetic resources of the deep sea.

Researchers have transplanted edited cells into mice that appear to combat cocaine addiction, New Scientist reports.

In PNAS this week: analysis of proteolytic enzymes secreted by circulating tumor cells, phylogenetic study of Fv1 evolution, and more.